As more publications roll out excerpts from Michael Wolff’s new book Landslide: The Final Days of the Trump Presidency, more embarrassing details of the inner workings of the Trump administration keep pouring into the public consciousness.
Business Insider provides one account that simultaneously describes just how allergic to physical exertion the notoriously exercise-adverse former president was during his time in the White House, while also explaining the lengths to which even his closest advisors would go in order to avoid having to encounter the demanding and difficult chief executive.
In a typical White House prior to the Trump administration, the location of a staffer’s office was a signifier of their placement in the hierarchy within the power structure of the executive branch.
Those with the closest relationship to the president typically would seek offices on the first floor of the West Wing to be physically close to the president’s workspace in the Oval Office.
The Business Insider account of Michael Wolff’s new book reveals that even Trump administration officials who were seemingly among the disgraced ex-president’s closest confidants and co-conspirators — people like Senior Advisors Kellyanne Conway and Stephen Miller purposefully chose offices further removed from the Oval Office to keep as far away from the thin-skinned president as they could.
The reason the move to the second floor of the West Wing was so effective as a method of avoiding the then-president was simple and highly revealing of the former guy’s utter sloth: Donald Trump refused to climb the stairs to the second floor.
In fact, the Business Insider article claims:
“Those two chose the upper-level offices because it ‘meant a degree of exclusion but also protection’ because “Trump would never climb the stairs (and, by the end of his term, he never had).”
Given the trouble that Trump had simply walking down a ramp after a speech at West Point back in 2018, it’s not surprising that he would be challenged by an actual flight of stairs.
Michael Wolff’s Landslide: The Final Days of the Trump Presidency is touted to contain many more insider revelations about the inner workings of the Trump White House in its chaotic final weeks.
The book will be published by Henry Holt & Co. on July 27 and available at your local independent book vendor and the usual internet sources.
Original reporting by Grace Panetta at Business Insider.
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